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  • Jul 14, 1881
    Cattle thief, escaped convict and killer Henry McCarty is gunned down at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, by sheriff Pat Garrett. McCarty's legendary nickname provides the title for Billy Dean's autobiographical 1992 hit "Billy The Kid"
    Jun 26, 1889
    Emma Heckle is born in New Mexico. She becomes the mother of Marty Robbins
    Feb 22, 1896
    Nacio Herb Brown is born in Deming, New Mexico. A Hollywood tailor for such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin, he writes "Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)," a Bing Crosby single that becomes a country hit for Red Ingle & The Natural Seven
    Jan 6, 1912
    New Mexico is admitted to the union. The Land of Enchantment is a birthplace for John Denver, Sgt. Barry Sadler, Kenny Dale and Ricochet's Shann Farmer, plus producers Jimmy Bowen and Norman Petty, and songwriter Sonny Throckmorton
    May 25, 1927
    Record producer Norman Petty is born in Clovis, New Mexico. He gains attention as the producer for future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Holly, but also produces Billy Walker's 1957 country hit "On My Mind Again"
    Mar 1, 1929
    Clifton Howard Vandever is born in Grady, New Mexico. Under the name Van Howard, he performs on numerous Ray Price recordings, singing harmony on "Crazy Arms," "I've Got A New Heartache" and "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You"
    Jun 14, 1936
    Roy Rogers marries Arline Wilkins at her mother's house in Roswell, New Mexico
    Jul 2, 1937
    Charlie Phillips is born in Clovis, New Mexico. He picks up the only hit of his career in 1962 with "I Guess I'll Never Learn," written by Deana Carter's father, Fred Carter
    Nov 30, 1937
    Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After starting in pop, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others
    Aug 1, 1939
    Billy Jean Nunley is born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She's destined to marry Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell

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